Save South Africa on Wednesday held its People’s Assembly at Pretoria’s St Albans Cathedral – the People’s Assembly Against State Capture – with prominent political figures joining religious leaders‚ opposition parties, business leaders and civil society groups in taking a stand against state capture and corruption.
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Notable among the luminaries who attended the gathering was African National Congress (ANC) member and former speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and former Rivonia trialist and Nelson Mandela’s close friend, Ahmed Kathrada.
- Max Sisulu
Sisulu is the son of ANC stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisulu, who have been lauded for their tireless sacrifices in attaining the country’s liberation.
Earlier this year‚ Sisulu denounced parliament’s handling of the controversy surrounding nonsecurity upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s private homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.
- Barbara Hogan
Hogan is a former cabinet minister and part of the steering committee of Save South Africa, along with former finance minister Trevor Manuel.
- Paul Mashatile
Mashatile told the assembly that ordinary South Africans were not alone as they stood against state capture and corruption. He said more people within the ruling party would come out to speak out against corruption.
He said the dropping of fraud charges on Monday against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan by prosecutors was a victory: “We have won the first battle. The charges have been dropped. We have not won the war.”
- Cheryl Carolus
Former ANC secretary-general Cheryl Carolus was also present. On Tuesday she told The Citizen she would not “forgive” Zuma for allowing tsotsis to capture the ANC and the country.
“Zuma has let us down,” she said. “He really has let us down spectacularly.”
Carolus has called Zuma to step down from office.
- Ahmed Kathrada
Former freedom fighter and Rivonia trialist Ahmed Kathrada was among the audience.
- Sipho Pityana
AngloGold Ashanti chairperson and convener of Save South Africa Sipho Pityana has remained unequivocal in his that Zuma must resign. He has labelled him on numerous occasions as the “sponsor-in-chief of corruption”.
- Jabu Mabuza
Business captain Jabu Mabuza told the gathering that he was “opposed to malicious‚ politically motivated prosecutions. We also commit to fighting inequality and social injustice”.
Mabuza is also leading the CEO Initiative aimed at averting a credit-rating downgrade and salvaging the country’s economy.
- Zac Yacoob
Former Constitutional Court Justice Zac Yacoob said he was no longer a member of the ANC, but he knew that the party’s clauses required its members to be honest. He also said corruption was the biggest challenged faced by the country, and removing Zuma from power wouldn’t get rid of problem.
“If he resigns tomorrow, we would have won a small victory. His resignation is only our first objective.”
Other members of Save South Africa include Section 27’s Mark Haywood‚ Kathrada Foundation CEO Shan Bolton and ANC member Gugu Ndima, who was one of the organisers of the #OccupyLuthuliHouse march.